Many of you are used to only having high-carb side dish such as pasta, rice, bread and potatoes. However, eating too many carbs does not only make you sluggish and tired it also makes you gain weight. It is time to replace them with vegetables! That will be the toughest challenge so far. But also the most important one. Remember: You decided to get in shape. You decided to live a healthy life. That is what it takes. Don’t even think of backing down.
Among the most popular vegetables are tomatoes, cucumbers, salad, peppers, spinach, eggplants, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, pumpkin, beet, zucchini and onions.
In general, all other vegetables are also fine. You can find quick and easy recipes on the right that include vegetables as a major part of the meal.
From now on, carbs – especially bread, pasta, rice and potatoes – should only add up to a small part of your nutrition. Never eat more than a handful of carbs per meal. They are merely meant to add different flavours.
From now on, foods rich in protein and vegetables will be the major components of your meals. This will make sure that you get enough of all nutrients you need. It will also make sure that your energy consumption is not too high. This will enhance your performance, your regeneration and weight loss. At the beginning, it is very likely that your body will crave for additional carbs. There will be nights when you want nothing more than a pizza, pasta or sweets. We all know that. We all had that. Stay strong. It will pass. Have trust in yourself. You can do that. Once you made it through the transition phase, it will get a lot easier. And one thing is for sure: It is worth it. You will improve quicker than ever, quicker than you can imagine.
Why is that important? As we already mentioned, most of you are simply used to eating too many calories – especially carbs. This made you gain weight. Also, many people underestimate the importance of vegetables to make physical improvements. They often think that genetics alone are responsible for an active and efficient metabolism. This is simply wrong. Vegetables are low in calories and high in fibers. That will make you feel full without consuming lots of calories. Vegetables are also rich in vitamins, minerals and secondary plant products, which are essential for an efficient transport and utilization of nutrients and hence for a good metabolism.